Nelson tells us about him:
My wife and I live in Hyderabad on top of a hill with few other buildings around, so the landscape is full of stray dogs.
Last December we heard something below us in the underbrush crying and crying. My wife went to investigate while I went to work.
When I got home she had rescued an orphaned pup.
We named him Buddy (and Buddha - hoping he'd be calmly serene), and started hand feeding him puppy formula. We think the mother may have moved the other pups and left him behind as we used to occasionally see his siblings and her nearby.
I tried to find out what breed(s) he might be, and based on my experience with Basenjis (he has a very wrinkled forehead like a Basenji) I came across some information about the Pariah breed.
Based on my research, his morphology seems to indicate a significant amount of INDog genetic material - he has the curled fishhook tail, the short yellowish-rust coat, the long pointed snout, the wrinkled forehead, the square body measurements, and the inquisitive, feral personality (he is constantly stealing and eating things) typical of the Pariah breed. He likely has something else mixed in (the dropped ears aren't consistent with INDog), but I can't figure out what.
Text and photos: Nelson Gibbs